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Soros Gives $1 Million To CA Legalization Measure
Posted by CN Staff on October 26, 2010 at 11:58:20 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 
California -- Billionaire financier George Soros has thrown his money behind California's marijuana legalization measure with a $1 million donation a week before the vote.The contribution reported Tuesday by The Sacramento Bee is the single biggest donation from an individual other than Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee, the main sponsor of Proposition 19.
Soros, a high-profile liberal, was one of the top financial backers of the 1996 measure that made California the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical use.The $1 million comes a day after the Yes on 19 campaign launched its first television ad.Until now, neither side has seen a huge outpouring of cash, though supporters have significantly out-raised opponents throughout the campaign.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published: October 26, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archives
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Comment #39 posted by museman on October 31, 2010 at 20:18:20 PT
Some more Strange Views
"Dead White and Blue" *(c)* 1986. (just because there are several others on youtube) but I wrote it first. hope I never have to fight about that!At the recent Hope Mountain Barter Fair
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Comment #38 posted by Had Enough on October 31, 2010 at 19:27:18 PT
I saw your post…I will respond…Peace…
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Comment #37 posted by museman on October 31, 2010 at 10:01:43 PT
Had Enough
Thank you.The powers of perception you speak of, -the intuitive interface with the natural reality- are some of the very important knowledge and information that need to come out of the concealed, rejected archives of human wisdom and understanding.These intuitive faculties - laughed at and denied by the established cultures of materialistic consumerism, are the very faculties which will enable our survival in the near future.Two men are walking down the road. One suddenly has a clear vision of an out of control semi, barreling towards them. He stops, grabs his friend and pulls him quickly our of the way as that vision suddenly comes around the corner and careens through the very spot both men had just stood in.Or a man has a dream, about cities falling, waters rising, storms increasing, and general mayhem about to happen. What does he do? Keep quiet? Many men (and women of course), alive and dead have experienced these things. We have called them prophets, madmen, genius, and shaman. Older more in tune cultures, like most 'native american' tribal cultures taught their children to be receptive to the unknown, or at least 'accepting.' Not like this one, that teaches nothing but how to 'succeed' (a blatant lie) at materialism, greed, and exploitation.I liked the reference you gave to your father. As I said, I never knew mine. I had to discover all the nuances of fatherhood by being one. I think that because of it, there are some parts of the 'father-son' negative cycles of rebellion and power/ego trips that I got to change in my own sons.When each of them were hours old, I had a similar predilection, as did your father concerning you. And I gave them their Spirit Names -a bit ahead of schedule (they would have, in another age, sought the Spirit to receive them.) I held each of them up to the sky and asked the Great Spirit to tell me their names. In those days, I believed in a lot of stuff that hadn't been validated by my experience just yet, but I always had a somewhat open intuitive. Now that my sons are all young adult men, I am wondrously proud to reveal that they are living up to the names they were given.I am a Rainbow Warrior. I sought the 'Vision' many years ago in a magical place known only to native shaman, and I recognized with absolutely no doubt that that vision was all about the fulfillment of not only the Hopi prophecy (or one part of it) but the prophecy of Black Elk as well. In my sons I see liberation from the false values, false knowledge, false authority, and false teachings of this status-quo society. In them and their associates I see the New Age, alive and walking right next to the old one that is passing swiftly away.There are only three values worth the time of our lives; "Peace, Love, and Understanding." Everything else is a trick, an ancient sleight of hand that the socially/genetically engineered 'worker' classes fall for every time.Any argument against those values is a sign of the kind of spirit one would be dealing with in those circumstances. And wisdom tells us to give wide berths to those, lest they cause us to fall into error along with them.I am a warrior though. Some things just can't go by me without a responsibility to address.Had Enough, are you planning a visit to the West Coast anytime? I'd really like a face to face with you.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
The Way Of The Rainbow Warrior
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Comment #36 posted by Had Enough on October 30, 2010 at 14:19:03 PT
”I am aware that my perspective is shared by only a few, but I also know that those few have more strength and power in their solidarity with the truth, than the rest of the population put together. Is that 'special?' I guess the proof is in the pudding. Won't have to wait too much longer.”Your prospective is certainly shared here.“”Nothing is more disheartening than, when the slave you are attempting to teach liberty to, defends the right of their masters to enslave them!””I too have endured that!!!…As recently as last night with two of the neighbor’s…man do I really feel bad for those who are so absolved in the stuff…it’s like the blinders are Super Glued in place…you can lead a horse to the pond…but you can’t make him take a sip of it…“”I have work to do, an obligation to reach as many as I can before this medium is no longer available to me.””Yes indeed…Once you realize your place in the ‘Brotherhood of Mankind’, one is obligated…I spoke to my dear departed father around a decade or so before his parting of this world, about this. I told him that I see things differently that most, and what I see and hear are the undeniable truth. I told him the whole world is going crazy and has been since long ago…I went on about how man is destroying the earth for the sake of more profits, at the expense of our own mankind.He smiled at me…and responded to with the following: When you were born…less than an hour old…I knew you would be the one to see things.I told him I get premonitions of events…and most of those come to fruition…I told him of scents, and vibrations that I would sense while shaking someone’s hand, or talking to them…and had the feeling something terrible was in their future…and most of those came to be too. I asked my father how can I be running around telling people something bad is right around the corner of life for them?I also told him that some of these things that come to me seem to just come out of nowhere and that I had no control when where, or how they would come...and the more I would try to control it…the more evasive it would be, and added that I just let it be now and let things come and go.I went on; these things I know and hear are really the way things are; what do I do now???…I can’t just go around and tell everybody and the status quo that they got it all wrong…They’ll end up thinking I’m some kind of a nut or something and I’ll end up getting locked up or even worse.I told him that I’m not sure if this is a gift or what…it seems more like a curse…And I went on; “So what do I do with it?”He agreed and re assured me that I will know what to do…and said to me; you are a member of the ‘Brotherhood of Mankind’…and you have obligations. When he told me I had ‘obligations’…a very easy but still ominous feeling overcame me.Not much was said after that…but I knew…now I look back at my earlier years…and it was there during that part of my life too. He was watching it too, way back then.I was also informed that generations back…Choctaw bloodlines entered our family heritage…Oklahoma I belive…There are very powerful forces in this universe, way beyond what mortal man can conceive.Peace to you museman…there is still a lot of work to do…onward through the foggy haze…
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Comment #35 posted by museman on October 30, 2010 at 12:08:38 PT
My World View is Strange
I am strange. I never fit into any molds made by men. Lately I have even played around with the concept that my father (whom I never knew) was an alien -because I am so strange.What is amazing, is that I could find any common ground at all with my 'fellow' humans, and I only find it in the Spiritual.I am no stranger to the inability of many 'modern' minds to grasp the things I know, do, and say, and to the disdain, mockery, and persecution that comes from those who cannot, or will not understand. I have witnessed the lack of awareness that exists on a grand scale -particularly in this country- towards the reality of this planet we live on.Nothing is more disheartening than, when the slave you are attempting to teach liberty to, defends the right of their masters to enslave them!I realize that the Status Quo has achieved major success in indoctrinating the majority of the population to believe in their false system that has never produced anything but the end results of eco-destruction, a toxic environment, and minds and spirits that have no purchase in reality -who depend on their 'leaders' to define it for them, they cannot go out of their boxed-set world and see for themselves.I am aware that my perspective is shared by only a few, but I also know that those few have more strength and power in their solidarity with the truth, than the rest of the population put together. Is that 'special?' I guess the proof is in the pudding. Won't have to wait too much longer.The only real possible reason for the angst I consistently receive from certain individuals, is because the truth strikes nerves. That I can and will do nothing about, but that is not the purpose. The information I share is not to convince those who will not be convinced, of anything. I share because I was asked to. So when you make assumptions about what I, or anyone else is about -in the personal vein- you really aren't getting past the ass part.I feel for everyone who is stuck in Babylon, but for those who actually think there is something worth keeping about all those Roman installations called cities, and who WANT to be there, I got nothing to say, allow me to speak to those who I come to speak to, and go on about your own business.I am quite comfortable with my 'world view' as are hundreds of people I know as well as many thousands I only know of. Are we a minority? Yes. But then the 'majority' has never come up with anything on their own, they are so dependent on their masters. Even their masters must steal innovation, and then corrupt it to fit their agendas, and history reveals the fact that talent, innovation, and 'great ideas' come from a minority of thinking men, not in any way dependent on geographical location. And with further study one might discover that most of the 'innovations' that come to the mind of men are inspired by nature, not steel, concrete, and glass.It seems to be a hidden curriculum taught in public schools, to categorize that which is not taught there as imminently false, just because it isn't taught there. We are in dire straits because of the total usurpation of the natural systems that kept us alive as a species for thousands of years. Cancer is of our making. So is AIDS. Industrialization is the scourge of the Earth, and those who believe otherwise can only be associated with the destructive end result. And indeed, the visible tendency to berate the truth, instead of actually thinking about it, doing research (in the field, not just google) is directly attached to that false belief.I could couch the truth, knowing full well that because the naysayers cannot actually address the truth, but are constrained to personal attacks and insult, that that is the reaction i will get from those particular 'world views.'Once the 'world view' was that it was a flat planet. The minority did win out, now didn't they?The fact that the truth I have to give and share pisses off those who secretly (or openly) serve the Status Quo, only highlights who to avoid. And of course those who are intelligent enough to understand, are also intelligent enough to see the games of provocation and one-upmanship that ensue from certain quarters.I heard enough republicans, rednecks, alcoholics, religious fanatics, and stupid white men to know who and what they are.It is they who cling to that which is dying and passing away. It is they who seek to limit mine and everyone elses liberty, because they haven't the fortitude to take up their own freedom, but must rely on the rulers to give it to them, and they must also find ways to discredit the minority who are actually doing it.Thus the insulting names, and connotations. The personal attacks.All the opinions in the world do not change the truth, and only another person who is actually looking at the truth with desire to know instead of attitude, can discuss it with me intelligently an with progressive results.A few months ago I despaired of being able to do this on Cnews, for the obvious reasons revealed in this recent attack. But there's not time left, and I have work to do, an obligation to reach as many as I can before this medium is no longer available to me.It is no concern to me who may or not believe, as I have enough personal validation to spur me on. And the wonderful acceptance of my music by those who want it is satisfaction beyond any record contract or materialistic payback. I'd rather play my music to the trees than taint one second of it with Babylon.But that's just me, and I like it.!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #34 posted by museman on October 30, 2010 at 11:08:16 PT
I don't respond to insults anymore, but I wouldn't live in a city for any amount of materialistic, or perceived materialistic comfort.And just because the past is history does not make it the way of the future -and there is much much more going on under the sun than can be found in any city.Sodom and Gomorrah wouldn't believe Lot either.But if you really have to have your city, I guess you can keep it for a few years yet. I don't give warnings to those who mock, so just don't pay any attention to what I say anymore, you don't need the info anyway. But there are some who will know the truth in my words, and it's to them I state it, not you, I know better at this point.The survival rate of city population when the grid fails precludes wasting time on those who will not see or hear, there's only enough resource out here for those are ready to get real. Enjoy your corruption while it lasts.And find someone else to attempt to provoke and troll, this is a courtesy message, there will be no follow ups.Such wasted space....LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #33 posted by JoeCitizen on October 30, 2010 at 07:29:00 PT
Museman - your world view is strange
Humankind has concentrated itself in cities for thousands of years. The close proximity of people working together leads to rapid profusion and development of ideas. Many of the most important modern inventions occurred in cities or urban environments.Farming is made dramatically easier, even at a small scale, by internal combustion engines, electric pumps and equipment, and affordable tools and hardware produced by mass production. All of these were invented in cities.Culture, ideas, entertainment - these also tend to be developed and advanced in city environments. If you don't limit your music to folk, bluegrass, and Mississippi blues, you're probably playing the music of "Babylon." I've always been more partial to Chicago-style blues, developed in that urban hellhole.And if you think squatting out there in the country, being paranoid and playing your music, is going to save you from the industrialized world, guess again. When the rain starts dumping Chinese mercury on your crops, you might begin to realize you should have paid more attention to international relations.There are "real" Americans everywhere, country, city and suburb. Quit thinking you're something special because of where you chose to live. City people need country people, but country people need city people, too.
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on October 28, 2010 at 11:08:17 PT
I know what you are saying. I share my fruit with whoever wants some. This year we had amazing pears. I had great tomatoes. Our neighbor sends vegetables over all summer long because they have a big garden. We are given fresh eggs too. Most of the people who live around where we live are transplanted city folks. Most are retired and very nice. We have plenty of beef if we want to buy locally. I feel safer living in no mans land. We were hounded a few years back because we are sitting on a big oil reserve. I said no. They need a good deal of land and we threw a wrench in it. They wanted to drill on our property. This area is protected and requires only so many houses can be built near the lake. We don't have much money living on a Veterans pension but we are happy.
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Comment #31 posted by museman on October 28, 2010 at 10:09:36 PT
The federally funded armies that patrol our lives, are getting prepared (at least they think they are) for the continuing breakdown of failed technologies. Locally, we had an event a few weeks ago, where our local phone grid, was cut off from the outside world. No internet, no 911, and most cell phones did not work either. For an entire day. Chaos threatened, as the meth faction took advantage and started raiding medical cannabis grows. Unfortunately for them, the first garden they sought to rob, had armed watchmen, and a gunfight ensued. Someone had to drive to the next town to get the sheriffs who were curiously absent that day.Just last night there was a 'public meeting' to discuss 'who you gonna call?' -their little 'humor.'Many of us had this weird , 'Deja Vu' feeling, and the idea of 'the dry run' was on many minds.What I worry about, FoM, is all those suddenly desperate people becoming starving, roaming hordes that those of us who have awoken, and left Babylon, will have to deal with. As I said, it's not pretty.I am sorry that it is not as easy as communicating the simple and (what should be obvious) truth, because it is the ignorance of the masses who live and labor away their lives for the sake of the ruling caste, that provides the fertile fields for the continuing harvest of bullshit. I have been around the world. I have seen what our ancestors did to the natural resources and systems of Europe. I have also seen the incredible vastness of land and resource this country still possesses, even after generations of destroying it for the sake of the lifestyles of the rich and infamous. I have seen that an awake, intelligently prepared population could easily share the land and resource of food, water, and good health, and the only need to keep the cities is the false fears engendered by the status quo keepers, and having all their slaves in one place so they can control them better.The only thing stopping the liberty and freedom of America, is their false belief in failed systems. Compromising with error has never solved anything. When you agree the false power HAS the power, you've already lost.I could just go on about my own life, letting the ignorant be ignorant still (as in IGNORING), but I have this nagging obligation that won't let me do that.The truths that we have to confront, in a very short time, don't leave a lot of time or room for haggling the fine points of semantic wordplay, that playtime is over.Many of us have arrived at our bio-regional destination. Throughout the planet there have been gathering 'conclaves of light' for a few decades now. Some of those are starting to be beacons for those who are last comers to the awakening going on in conscious people right now.I have never been to Disneyland. I used to say that I was waiting to visit it from a glass bottom boat. I may yet do that.LEGALIZE FREEDOM-
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on October 28, 2010 at 09:34:59 PT
Just My Thoughts
Many years ago when we lived back east I watched as everything was getting pushed closer together. The more I saw it the more upset it made me. We wanted to live as far away from that as we could afford to do on just a little income. That is how we moved to my state and then into the country. When the power went out for 24 hours we bought a good and powerful generator yesterday. The grid is old and it fails more frequently. We heat with wood so we aren't dependent on any other fuel. I would flip out if a major outage occurred and I lived in a city. What will they do to survive? Somewhere in the bible it says something to run and don't look back. I never forgot those words and did what it said.
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Comment #29 posted by museman on October 28, 2010 at 09:22:08 PT
"The poor and middle classes take the bait from the rich almost every time."It never ceases to amaze me -in a negative way- how any human being could stand literally right on top of the truth, and live such a life of denial! How we over ride our inner convictions of wrongness to capitulate with the status quo!It has been many decades since I was a stupid young white man, fresh out of the city, and I first discovered the phenomenon (which never should have been a 'phenomenon' in the first place!) of 'touching the earth.' Having been aware of, and in that consciousness for over 30 years now, I often forget what it was like to believe that the earth was just this big slab of rock and earth that we could dig up, plow under, build parking lots on, and systematically replace the wonderful systems and technology of Ya's Creation with the dirty, destructive, consciousness oppressive 'technologies' of the dominating class of humans.I often forget that ignorance is taught well, and better, than awareness, and right information concerning our existence on planet earth, -even though I am well aware of the nature of all man-made institutions, especially 'academics' which is ground zero in fostering ignorance.Having escaped the city (which I thoroughly understand is not an easy option without the 'resource' invented, held, and controlled by the rulers (the 'elite' class) and living in a rural environment (still not easy, but I ain't goin' back!) for so long, it's easy for me to forget that there are billions of people stacked on top of each other, in spittin' distance from their neighbor, in all those filthy, dirty insect hives known as cities. Now I know that some really dig the city, and 'more power to them' -but as long as they refuse to acknowledge the nature of reality - which IS "nature"- those humans who want to live as our bio systems are set up for will have to suffer the ignorance of those who don't until it is too late to choose, and I don't think it will be pretty.I state 'Legalize Freedom' because I have come to find out -with much ado from the status quo lovers- that the entire theme of law, and commerce -indeed everything that makes our 'civilization' what it is, is a directly manipulated, false reality, superimposed over the real one. We are so far removed from that reality we walk on every day, religion was invented to stifle the curious mind, and control the ones whose spirits just won't capitulate. Freedom and Liberty is an endowment of birth -not 'birthright' and until the truly courageous stand up and take their liberty back from the posers and pretenders to authority, it only exists with those who are courageous, and they risk much to keep and uphold that freedom.Money is a power tool of the elite rulers -who invented it for just the insidious purpose that it has morphed into. It is the carrot on the stick for the masses, the 'working class'We must throw off the shackles of repressed consciousness, and seize the day, and that cannot be done while we continue to serve the status quo with our belief in it, and the literal 'time of our lives.' Such a great sin against man, the earth, and Yah, has been perpetrated, and the sick irony, is that these people think themselves better than the rest of us!The good news is, if enough people wake up to it, that 'they' are a small minority, who control the world through the false belief in the value of materialism, and most especially the 'tokens' of value known as 'money.' An awake and aware population could never be enslaved.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #28 posted by MikeEEEEE on October 28, 2010 at 08:02:51 PT
class warfare
The ancient eastern cultures warned not to make a system based on money, they said it would cause suffering.
Since classes predict the level of economic suffering, if you eliminate money, no-more classes.
The poor and middle classes take the bait from the rich almost every time. That they could live like them if they worked harder, keeping the system just the way the upper classes want it.
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on October 27, 2010 at 19:40:13 PT
I do know George Carlin but I don't know who the other person is. Politics are not very interesting to me. My only interest is keeping people in power who will try to balance our country. We shouldn't lose the middle class. Rich or poor just doesn't work. 
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Comment #26 posted by MikeEEEEE on October 27, 2010 at 19:18:25 PT
Here is an interesting video:
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on October 27, 2010 at 16:42:31 PT
I understand why you feel that way. This whole election season reminds me how quickly people forget how we got in the mess we are in. The money from George Soros will help if they do a good TV Ad and flood the California stations with it.Yesterday we had a bad storm that knocked out power for 24 hours. The only way we heard anything was on a boom box powered by batteries. I made coffee on the woodstove this morning and sat down to listen to the radio and turned it on. I had to smile when what came on was talking about Prop 19 and how we need to change the laws in all the states to make the prices go down to a reasonable level everywhere not just California. Even if it doesn't pass Prop 19 has made this topic a nationwide issue and that's moving us forward.
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Comment #24 posted by MikeEEEEE on October 27, 2010 at 16:05:43 PT
the sheepie will disappoint
I do not expect prop 19 to pass. I'm too used to disappointment. This country is controlled by money, ie: the corruption in politics, and the stupid sheep who follow corporate propaganda.I hope I'm proved wrong.
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Comment #23 posted by Dr Ganj on October 27, 2010 at 13:19:15 PT:
Prop. 215 & Prop. 19
Prop 215 was similar. It was down in the polls, and few believed it would pass. It did, and by a margin of 56%-44%. Prop. 19 will also pass by a smart electorate of California, and will lead the rest of the nation to have responsible cannabis regulation. Get ready for a Hemp For Victory party next Tuesday night!
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Comment #22 posted by TecHnoCult on October 27, 2010 at 12:01:50 PT:
So I have read all the polls and as usual, they are useless. I am a former resident of California and I am anxious to move back. So, tell me, what's the general feeling out there right now? I really thought this thing was in the bag?THC
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Comment #21 posted by museman on October 27, 2010 at 10:29:48 PT
I'm sorry
but that last line doesn't sit well with me so I feel I must correct myself, instead of "Take the truth out of the doctrine" -it probably should have been "Take the doctrine out of the Truth,.."
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Comment #20 posted by museman on October 27, 2010 at 10:27:17 PT
Also intriguing, and along the same lines - is the reference Yashua repeatedly made to the followers as if they were a "marriage." -and not once was sex or gender ever brought into the mix.Truth does set one free -at least in spirit and mind, even if we have to wait even longer for the entire planet to wake up. Knowing the truth, and able to grow in it (because the Truth so so much larger than any of us, a veritable eternity of discovery awaits...) is (IMO) the basis of real faith. -they can't take that away, no matter what they do or say.Yashua told us not to judge, or we enter into judgement. He told us to let our "Yays be yays, and our nays be nays." but not to be 'lukewarm' or He would "..spew them out of my mouth."Truth is not ambiguous, it is as unchanging and unchangeable, as it is constantly growing and evolving in an open-ended universe. One may argue that 'growth' is 'change' but that is just semantics.Take the truth out of the doctrine, and the resource is friggin amazing!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #19 posted by Sam Adams on October 27, 2010 at 10:13:58 PT
absolutely right DG
yes, the gay marriage theme of that passage jumped right out at me! Bottom line - the writers of the Bible knew that scapegoating, ridicule, and scorn for others has been used for years to exploit and control people!Look at this...looks like it's written specifically about "illegal" drugs....Mark 7:15  Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.' "or this......Proverbs 3:30 Do not accuse a man for no reason—
when he has done you no harm.
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Comment #18 posted by dongenero on October 27, 2010 at 10:10:19 PT
interesting post Sam
This is OT but one line in Sam's post strikes me as being as timely as the issue of cannabis."Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, those consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry......excerpt from Timothy 4:1-5.Interesting, in that it does not specify 'forbid men and women to marry' but rather, "They forbid people to marry......"Well I'll be darned. I did not know the Bible warned of those who would limit people's right to marriage.
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Comment #17 posted by Sam Adams on October 27, 2010 at 10:03:50 PT
the Bible
yes, when you see the line about "consciousness seared with hot iron" you understand that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Humanity had all the same flaws and problems back in the Old Testament that we have today!Isaiah 10:1 - "Woe to those who make unjust laws and to those who issue oppressive decrees..."
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Comment #16 posted by Dr Ganj on October 27, 2010 at 10:03:41 PT:
The Reason Behind The Donation
Why I Support Legal MarijuanaGeorge Soros | The Wall Street Journal | October 26, 2010Our marijuana laws are clearly doing more harm than good. The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries. But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences.Law enforcement agencies today spend many billions of taxpayer dollars annually trying to enforce this unenforceable prohibition. The roughly 750,000 arrests they make each year for possession of small amounts of marijuana represent more than 40% of all drug arrests.Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually. It also would reduce the crime, violence and corruption associated with drug markets, and the violations of civil liberties and human rights that occur when large numbers of otherwise law-abiding citizens are subject to arrest. Police could focus on serious crime instead.The racial inequities that are part and parcel of marijuana enforcement policies cannot be ignored. African-Americans are no more likely than other Americans to use marijuana but they are three, five or even 10 times more likely—depending on the city—to be arrested for possessing marijuana. I agree with Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, when she says that being caught up in the criminal justice system does more harm to young people than marijuana itself. Giving millions of young Americans a permanent drug arrest record that may follow them for life serves no one's interests.Racial prejudice also helps explain the origins of marijuana prohibition. When California and other U.S. states first decided (between 1915 and 1933) to criminalize marijuana, the principal motivations were not grounded in science or public health but rather in prejudice and discrimination against immigrants from Mexico who reputedly smoked the "killer weed."Who most benefits from keeping marijuana illegal? The greatest beneficiaries are the major criminal organizations in Mexico and elsewhere that earn billions of dollars annually from this illicit trade—and who would rapidly lose their competitive advantage if marijuana were a legal commodity. Some claim that they would only move into other illicit enterprises, but they are more likely to be weakened by being deprived of the easy profits they can earn with marijuana.This was just one reason the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy—chaired by three distinguished former presidents, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, César Gaviria of Colombia and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico—included marijuana decriminalization among their recommendations for reforming drug policies in the Americas.Like many parents and grandparents, I am worried about young people getting into trouble with marijuana and other drugs. The best solution, however, is honest and effective drug education. One survey after another indicates that teenagers have better access than most adults to marijuana—and often other drugs as well—and find it easier to buy marijuana than alcohol. Legalizing marijuana may make it easier for adults to buy marijuana, but it can hardly make it any more accessible to young people. I'd much rather invest in effective education than ineffective arrest and incarceration.California's Proposition 19, which would legalize the recreational use and small-scale cultivation of marijuana, wouldn't solve all the problems connected with the drug. But it would represent a major step forward, and its deficiencies can be corrected on the basis of experience. Just as the process of repealing national alcohol prohibition began with individual states repealing their own prohibition laws, so individual states must now take the initiative with respect to repealing marijuana prohibition laws. And just as California provided national leadership in 1996 by becoming the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, so it has an opportunity once again to lead the nation.In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.These are the reasons I have decided to support Proposition 19 and invite others to do so. Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Comment #15 posted by museman on October 27, 2010 at 09:43:33 PT
..and we are in 'later times.'Very succinct, and scriptural reference at that! I agree, and have witnessed it.
 Particularly the "...hypocritical liars, those consciences have been seared as with a hot iron." -which there is no shortage of when it comes to power, control, false doctrine, and false leadership.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #14 posted by museman on October 27, 2010 at 09:24:33 PT
"rich men"
Don't give their money away. -but "For those to whom much is given, much is expected."Thanks George, for all your gifts, and help in our struggle to bring sanity to the cannabis question.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #13 posted by Sam Adams on October 27, 2010 at 09:17:36 PT
smart God
who would have thought the Big Guy could predict the arrival of District Attorneys and Glenn Beck thousands of years in advance?"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, those consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." -Timothy 4:1-5.
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Comment #12 posted by Garry Minor on October 27, 2010 at 07:10:11 PT:
Sinsemilla---About the "Christian" right.....
 21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
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Comment #11 posted by Garry Minor on October 27, 2010 at 05:02:12 PT:
 26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" 27Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." 28Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" 29"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on October 27, 2010 at 03:24:01 PT
Sinsemilla Jones
"I pray that in George Soros' case, he gets a tiny little camel and a great big needle."Lol! Me, too, Sinsemilla Jones. Me, too!
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Comment #9 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on October 27, 2010 at 01:12:03 PT
Thank God for George Soros!
Soros is probably the most libeled and slandered rich man living in the world today, yet it has not deterred him from doing what he feels is right, at least when it comes to cannabis law reform.The christian right loves to praise and defend almost all wealthy people, except for George, whom they take every opportunity to demonize.Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to go to heaven, yet that is one of many things Christ said that the christian right has forgotten.I pray that in George Soros' case, he gets a tiny little camel and a great big needle.
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Comment #8 posted by Paint with light on October 26, 2010 at 20:02:28 PT
Thanks for the rich
Thanks Mr. Soros.Legal like alcohol like the ad says.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on October 26, 2010 at 19:23:43 PT
Thank you, Mr. Soros.
Thank you so much.
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on October 26, 2010 at 19:02:46 PT
generous donation thank you
I’m on the East Coast and the vote in California means a lot to us out here. Thanks to Mr. Soros's generous donation to personal freedom I hope we will all have something to cheer about on election night. The whole country appreciates everyones efforts. Keep on keeping on.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on October 26, 2010 at 17:08:37 PT
From what I've read,
the one thing 19 was lacking in is additional money and TV spots.Mr. Soros, thank you. Again.
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on October 26, 2010 at 15:55:32 PT
great news
Here comes the cavalry! Thank you Mr. Soros!!!Great to see the huge donation to a project 100% controlled and sponsored by someone else, you don't see that very often. Prop. 19 is really pulling everyone together.The ad with Chief McNamara is awesome! 
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Comment #3 posted by Dagman11 on October 26, 2010 at 13:52:47 PT
Does anybody else think that it was no coincidence that Mr. Soros waited until 1 one week before the vote to contribute? Some were saying that he wasn't going to contribute because he thought it was a lost cause. Maybe he was waiting because he felt this timing would have the most positive effect on Prop 19.
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Comment #2 posted by Dr Ganj on October 26, 2010 at 13:34:44 PT:
George Soros
I was wondering when George would show up big. And big he did!
This will pay for more much needed TV ads being aired in LA.If you look closely at the current TV ad, at the end you can see George "I guarantee it" Zimmer has also contributed big.
It makes me so proud seeing these generous donations to such a
worthy cause. So many people have gone to jail, and had their lives torn apart over this healing plant. We are now one week away to ending so much misery. Please, if you live in California, I implore you to go out and vote yes on Prop. 19!See you at the polling booths! We can do this!Dr GanjCalistoga, CA
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 26, 2010 at 12:06:21 PT
Thank You Mr. Soros!
I wasn't sure about Prop 19 passing but with this money I have way more hope now! Let's get it done! Thank goodness for Progressives! 
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